Today something popped into my DMs and I figured why not talk about it here because you know… issa blog 😄 There is an alternative method to taking care of your natural curls and coils called the Curly Girl Method. Pioneered by a flame called Lorraine Massey it’s a guide to bringing your natural texture back to life- and she literally wrote the Bible on it!
Now her book goes pretty in depth but the basic rules are:
- No sulphates
- No silicones
- Minimal heat
Technically not that different from the usual- but the big factor is silicones! Used in many conditioning and styling products most naturals will know it from their straight hair days as a way to smooth fly-aways after weekly frying sessions 😆 🍳
Silicone made our hair look bomb because it acts as a ‘filler’i.e.
- settling into any gaps in the hair strand
- reducing the appearance of split ends
- giving strands a shiny coating
This coating took care of frizz by essentially ‘waterproofing’ each strand- so your hair wouldn’t mince in humid conditions either.
It all sounds great because which natural doesn’t want to tame frizz and increase shine? BUT HERE’S THE THANG: our hair needs moisture, first and foremost. If moisture can’t get in, our hair becomes dry and brittle. Most silicones are not water soluble i.e. just water ain’t gon’ get rid of that ish gyal 👀 Most silicones need to be removed from our hair using sulphates. Yup sulphates, that thing that our sulphate-free shampoos don’t actually have 😬
So the general consensus is if you’re using products that have silicone, you need to use shampoo with sulphates to make sure there’s no build-up. And a LOT of products we know and love have silicones- they’re not inherently bad, don’t get me wrong. But they can cause build-up if you’re just using sulphate-free shampoo, or co-washing, and not clarifying your scalp once in a while.
Now I’m a product hoe and one ingredient isn’t gonna stop me from trying things 😂👐 So I just make sure I clarify my hair every few weeks with bentonite clay, and avoid product build-up. Have you tried/are currently following the Curly Girl Method? Let us know your thoughts in the comments fam!